This Easy Taco Casserole recipe is made with 3 layers of corn tortillas, ground beef, corn, black beans, the best taco seasoning, and lots of melted cheese!
Looking to add some variety to your weekly taco night menu? Then you’ve got to try this taco casserole recipe!
Sometimes referred to as taco lasagna, this dish is made with 3 layers of corn tortillas, a flavorful ground beef filling made with corn and black beans, and lots of ooey-gooey melted cheese.
This is one of those dishes that seems to have everything going for it – it makes 8 servings, it takes less than an hour to make from start to finish, kids LOVE it, and it’s freezer friendly! I mean, it’s just a no-brainer. Oh, and it’s taco flavored, which means it tastes amazing!
How to Make Taco Casserole
First, prepare the meat and veggie mixture. Cook some diced onions and poblanos in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add a little minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds, and then add some ground beef and cook until browned, about 8 to 10 minutes.
When the meat is cooked, it’s time to season it with taco seasoning. I used 3 tablespoons of my homemade taco seasoning, but if you don’t want to make your own, you can use your favorite store-bought taco seasoning.
Next, add in the black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, and lime juice. Mix everything together, give it a taste, and add some salt and pepper if necessary.
Next, assemble the casserole. Start by laying down 6 corn tortilla halves along the edges of the baking dish. Then place 1 whole corn tortilla in the very middle. This should create a full “sheet” of tortillas that completely covers the bottom of the dish.
Top the tortillas with 1/3 of the meat and veggie mixture and 1/3 of the shredded Monterey Jack cheese. Repeat the process and create 2 more layers.
Last but not least, bake the taco casserole. Place the casserole in a 375°F oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is fully melted.
For a super pretty presentation (because we eat with our eyes first!), I like topping the casserole with freshly chopped cilantro and tomatoes. Then for serving, top each slice with a dollop of sour cream and a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce. I’m a big fan of Cholula or Valentina hot sauces.
All that’s left to do is eat!
Freezing and Reheating
If you’ve got some leftovers, you can store them in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze them in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months!
To reheat leftovers, heat on high in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes until warmed through.